There’s been a decrease in several crime categories in Gauteng between July and September this year. Reported murders have decreased by 10,1% and sexual offences by 12,2%, while the total number of reported rapes decreased by 14,7%.
The quarterly crime stats have been released to the Gauteng Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Community Safety.
Acting provincial commissioner Patricia Rampota says, “The lockdown has definitely had a huge impact on almost all crime categories. We recorded a decrease of 18 417 cases lower than July to September 2019/2020 which in our analysis was as a result of crime reduction of all four categories of crime. Mainly contact crimes, contact-related crimes, property-related crimes and other serious crimes.”
Meanwhile, Gauteng Police Commissioner Elias Mawela says a number of policing interventions are in place to tackle crime in Gauteng.
Close to 11 000 sexual offences were reported to police in Gauteng between April 2019 and March this year. There was an increase of 58 cases compared to the previous year’s crime statistics.
More than 8 000 of the cases related to rape, with most of them being reported in areas including Temba in Tshwane, Dobsonville, Diepsloot, Moroka and Mamelodi East.
But Mawela says sexual offences in the province are remarkably fewer compared to the previous year.
“Although we registered an increase, this 0.5% in sexual offences is remarkably smaller compared to the 2018/19 increase of 6.3% that translated 636 cases higher. This can be attributed to the intervention to work to restore public trust and confidence in the police service as well as raising awareness among communities, successful tracing and arrest of wanted suspects.”